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Nov 8, 2015 at 10pm UK at ​Columbus Crew Stadium
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Kamara (4', 111'), Finlay (77')
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Kei Kamara hails fans after Columbus Crew win

Kei Kamara praises Columbus Crew's fans after scoring the winning goal to fire the club to the MLS Eastern Conference final.

Columbus Crew striker Kei Kamara has hailed the club's fans after they secured a spot in the MLS Eastern Conference final with a dramatic 4-3 aggregate victory over Montreal Impact on Sunday.

The former Norwich City striker had earlier missed a penalty before he headed home in the second half of extra-time to secure a 3-1 victory on the night and a first Conference final berth since 2008.

Kamara revealed his delight at being the match winner in the "do-or-die" game, and praised the Columbus fans for creating such an electric atmosphere at Mapfre Stadium.

"My goal was not as big as the goal that [Ethan Finlay] scored because obviously that goal put us back into it," he told the club's website. "It went in and I was running to the side to celebrate with the fans.

"But [I just felt] sort of relief – you cannot have it any other way. That is just how the game is supposed to go right there. The fans, it was a packed house and they enjoyed every minute of that.

"The energy out there today was amazing. We were feeding off the fans and we were pushing ourselves. We did not want to go to penalties, but for us to be at home, we really fed off the crowd tonight. It sounds like an echo in here but we really did and they were amazing, and we knew we were going to go to overtime."

Crew will face New York Red Bulls in the Eastern Conference final, with the first leg taking place on November 22.

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Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Atlanta UnitedAtlanta21125443202341
2New York City FCNY City20124438241440
3New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls18112537181935
4Columbus Crew218672425-130
5New England RevolutionNew England207763330328
6Montreal ImpactMontreal2190122433-927
7Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia197392530-524
8Chicago Fire2165103341-823
9Orlando City1971112742-1522
10Toronto1944113038-816
11DC United153572630-414

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Dallas1911533122938
2Los Angeles FCLos Angeles19105441281335
3Sporting Kansas CityKansas209653324933
4Portland TimbersPortland178632618830
5Real Salt LakeSalt Lake209292937-829
6Los Angeles GalaxyLA Galaxy198473430428
7Houston DynamoHouston1875636261026
8Vancouver WhitecapsVancouver207582839-1126
9Minnesota UnitedMinnesota Utd2081112638-1225
10Seattle SoundersSeattle184591623-717
11Colorado RapidsColorado1944112130-916
12San Jose EarthquakesEarthquakes1926112939-1012

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